Sony and Nintendo E3 2017 Highlights

Image Source: DualShockers

Image Source: DualShockers

Microsoft’s E3 2017 press briefing has proven to be just the tip of the iceberg in this years’ E3 2017 event in LA, California. Watched by millions of gamers around the world, waiting for news of the upcoming titles on their favorite console or on the PC, E3 is the biggest video games event in the West.

Every year, game companies and game developers would do press briefings broadcasted live though YouTube or Twitch and every show is fun to watch. With Microsoft, as first of the three biggest game companies, finally done with their press briefing earlier this week, Sony and Nintendo followed after with news of games of their own. Sony mainly focuses on games that will be available for their Playstation 4 Pro while Nintendo, though with the shortest presentation of all three, brought out the big guns for their fans.

Sony’s E3

Sony's E3 Opening Performance Image Source: IGN Youtube Channel

Sony’s E3 Opening Performance Image Source: IGN Youtube Channel

Sony, like last year, opened their press briefing with an opening performance by musicians who played a song from the first game that will be presented. Last year it was an orchestra playing a song from the upcoming game, God of War. This time it was a band playing an Indian-inspired song. The game was revealed to be Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Set after the events of the previous game, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, will follow the adventures of Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross as they race against time to find an Indian artifact.

After that they presented the trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn: the Frozen Wilds. The next trailer included a gimmick in which they lowered some people hanging upside down on the stage with the trailer revealing to be a zombie themed game, Days Gone.

President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America and Chairman of Worldwide Studios, Shawn Layden, came onto the stage to give a small talk about the show and how Sony pushes the limit of “storytelling, imagination, and technology” every year, citing their PSVR product, and games released last year, like Horizon Zero Dawn and Persona 5. He goes on to claim that Playstation is the home to the biggest and best franchises in the world.

The next game presented was what fans have been waiting for: Monster Hunter World. After that was a trailer for an upcoming remake of Shadow of the Colossus, the story trailer for Marvel versus Capcom Infinity, trailers for Call of Duty: World War II, Skyrim VR, Star Child, The Inpatient, and Monster of the Deep, a fishing game based off the Final Fantasy XV fishing mini game. After that comes Bravo Team, Moss, a new trailer for God of War, Detroit: Become Human, Destiny 2, and finally a new Spiderman game.

Nintendo E3 Presentation

ARMS Image source: Youtube

ARMS Image source: Youtube

Nintendo’s presentation was much shorter than the other 2, lasting for only about 25 minutes and only features Nintendo Switch content. The presentation starts with a short video featuring their esports games (ARMS, Rocket League, Pokken Tournament, FIFA 18, and Splatoon 2) for the Nintendo Switch, after which Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, gave a short speech about how video games are fun, how they are battles, and how they are as journey.

The next trailers were Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and a new Kirby game that emphasizes a cooperative gameplay. After that comes a short segment from the makers of Pokemon, announcing that a core Pokemon game is currently in development. This will be the first core Pokemon game that will be debuting on a non-handheld console.

Then comes the best announcement: after years of begging by fans Nintendo finally announces a new Metroids title, Metroids Prime 4 (later it was shown in Nintendo’s live demo show that there’s also a new Metroids game for the 3DS as well, giving the franchise a total of 2 new games). After that comes the trailers for a new Yoshi game and Fire Emblem Warriors.

Next comes a few announcements about exclusive Legend of Zelda-themed DLC for the Nintendo Switch version of Skyrim as well as new DLC and new Amiibo for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

After another short talk from Reggie, its Ubisoft’s turn to announce their new game for the Nintendo Switch, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. It is a turn-based tactical game where you move characters around a map and shoot your enemies. After that is a short announcement for the Switch version of Rocket League. And finally ending the presentation is a new trailer for the newest Mario platformer, Super Mario Odyssey.


Overall reaction around the Internet are mixed. Loyal fans of each console thought their company did better than the other two. Some Microsoft and Sony fans thought the company they support didn’t exactly do well. Nintendo fans are just all too happy with Xenoblade Chronicles, Metroid and Super Mario Odyssey. All in all, the most satisfied group seems to be the Nintendo fans who’d go on and say how their company “won” with just the announcement of the two Metroids alone.